A Still Life of Roses on a Ledge with a Parrot on a hanging Perch and a Butterfly

Oil on canvas
16 1/8 x 12 13/16 inches, 41 x 32.5 cm

Known mostly for his flower still lives, Scacciati painted parrots in a number of his paintings as well as the occasional larger animal or bird painting. A bigger signed canvas sold at Christie's in October 2010 shows a parrot holding an earring in its beak and with a more elaborate still life of flowers, while a smaller and compositionally similar painting to ours was with Cesati in Milan.